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Former Girl Scouts wanted for 100th anniversary

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Submitted by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Were you ever a Girl Scout? Have you achieved a level of accomplishment in your chosen field -- mother, entrepreneur, politician, community activist, chemist, writer, photographer, etc.?

If you were ever a Girl Scout in any area of the country and now reside in northern Illinois, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois wants to reconnect with you as soon as possible.

In honor of the Girl Scout 100th anniversary in 2012, the agency is seeking accomplished Girl Scout alumnae to recognize at several local events and help connect today's aspiring girl leaders with women who have achieved their goals, thanks in part to Girl Scouts.

If you or someone you admire was ever a Girl Scout, contact Ann-Marie at asoderstrom@girlscoutsni.org to share your Girl Scout story, be featured as a role model for today's girls and possibly be recognized at a local 100th anniversary event.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is also seeking the oldest living Girl Scout to be honored at its centennial celebration April 28, 2012, at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center. Recommendations may be sent to Rose Ellen at rmay@girlscoutsni.org.

An alumna is a woman who was a Girl Scout of any level -- from Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors -- and all former staff, Board members, volunteers -- both men and women. All alumnae can register at www.alumnae.girlscouts.org to receive Girl Scouts of the USA Alumnae Association's newsletter, information on GSNI's happenings and invitations to the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary and Alumnae Events.

Nearly a year ago, GSNI launched its Alumnae Association inviting all Girl Scout alumnae to join, regardless of where or when they were Girl Scouts. More than 200 alumnae are currently registered in the GSNI Alumnae Association.

Since Girl Scout organization's inception in 1912, more than 50 million American women have enjoyed Girl Scouting, and more than 53 percent of all women business owners are Girl Scout alumnae.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves more than 20,000 girls and nearly 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.

To find out how you can become part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, call (800) 242-5591 or visit www.girlscoutsni.org.

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